The Dirt Farmer Foundation’s CAUSE it’s MARCH: Together We Rise

The Dirt Farmer Foundation is our way of focusing the social media power of the Dirt Farmer’s community to help worthwhile charities.
Our CAUSE it’s MARCH or Cause of the Month is:

"Foster Kids Need You"

Together We Rise is a non-profit organization that provides sports equipment, bicycles, and suitcases to thousands of foster kids across the country so they don't have to travel from home to home in a trash bag.

Together We Rise is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of motivated young adults and former foster youth. Their vision is to improve the lives of foster children in America, who often find themselves forgotten and neglected by the public. They collaborate with community partners to bring resources to foster youth and use service-learning activities to educate volunteers on issues surrounding the foster care system. Learn more HERE.

HOW DOES TOGETHER WE RISE HELP. They work with thousands of volunteers, social workers, CASA advocates, and other partners to transform the way kids experience foster care. Their programs are created to provide a way for people who cannot become foster parents to still have a meaningful and effective way to help children in foster care. LEARN HERE about all Together We Rise Programs:

SWEET CASES PROGRAM. When children enter foster care, they are usually given a trash bag to move their few belongings in. Together We Rise provides NEW duffel bags filled with essentials like a teddy bear, blanket, hygiene kit, and much more. They also provide duffel bags for teenagers.

BUILD-A-BIKE PROGRAM. While children experience the foster care system, they often lose the simple joys of childhood like riding a bicycle. Together We Rise provides FREE bicycles to hundreds of children. They also provide bicycles for teenagers that need help getting to school or work.

FAMILY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM. Only 3% of youth in foster care graduate from college. Every year, Together We Rise selects 10-15 freshmen that are going to be freshmen in college and provide them w/ a $90,000 life changing scholarship. Support includes tuition, housing, mentors, and a familial like setting.

WE HELP NATIONWIDE PROGRAM. Together We Rise focus on keeping all "our giving local" to where the donations came from. Through this model, Together We Rise have been able to help children in every state in the United States annually.

FRAMING FOREVER PROGRAM. Together We Rise provides free photographers to families adopting through foster care. They have a nationwide network of volunteer photographers that have donated their services to capture this special moment.

SOCIAL WORK SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM. Together We Rise believes that social workers play a huge part in creating real change for children in foster care. They launched their Foster Love scholarship to support college students who want to make a difference.

COLLEGE MOVE IN SUPPORT PROGRAM. Every year, hundreds of college students will move into their dorm rooms with little or no support. Together We Rise provides funds and volunteers to help make the transition into college a little easier.

HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. The foster care system can be a confusing and sometimes disheartening place, but through Together We Rise fundraising and network of passionate volunteers, they strive to give foster children a brighter future, a sense of normalcy and belonging.

Events like the National Build-a-Bike Tour, Sports Camps, and Sweet Cases allow foster youth to get out, play, and learn new skills just like any other kid.

The Together We Rise Aging Out program also provides resources to older youth who are leaving the foster care system. Together We Rise strive to be the helping hand that foster youth need so that they may go confidently onto their futures.

There are different types of FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS that you can support. The BIRTHDAY Fundraising where you can make your birthday matter this year by giving up the gifts. The SWEET CASES Fundraising where you can help foster kids buy a suitcase and duffel bag. The BIKES Fundraising where you can provide foster kids with a means of transportation. You can also support the HOLIDAY, the SCHOLARSHIP and the DISNEY PAGE Fundraising Campaigns. Learn more HERE.

HELP KIDS IN YOUR COMMUNITY - VOLUNTEER. You can volunteer in all Together We Rise programs: The SWEET CASES, The BUILD-A-BIKE, the DISNEYLAND/WORLD program where every year Together We Rise reunites hundreds of siblings in foster care with a day at Disneyland/World.

The SHOPPING SPREES Program which organizes every winter $100 shopping sprees for hundreds of youth in foster care at major retailers so they can have the ability to buy new and useful items during the holiday season. The CLOTHING TOUR that provides school clothing to foster kids. The ADOPTION PHOTOGRAPHY Program that coordinates professional photographers with foster families to capture the special moment of adoption. Learn more HERE

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